about the program



During Jim Crow, black travelers frequently carried shoe box lunches as a means of staying safe when a Green Book site was not readily available. These lunches, packed in shoe boxes and filled with less perishable foods, were a key symbol of the period.

While attending this educational program, K-12 students and community groups will enter the home, take a guided tour with a specific focus on the Green Book, and complete an interactive activity based on age and school learning standards. From here, students will have the opportunity to learn about black culinary history before trying a shoebox lunch-inspired meal, featuring fried chicken, a burger, or a veggie wrap.

As the Magnolia House was a Green Book site, our shoe box lunches and the accompanying tour will emphasize black ingenuity and agency, as well as the history of the house.